Likewise, the volatility has benefitted ProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIXM), which is up 4.45% today and up about 5% the past five days:

Volatility ETFs on the Move as Markets Fluctuate 2Related: Antares Fixed Income Manager Discusses Current Volatility

Consumer Sentiment Tilting Towards Fear

While it’s been a boon to volatility, the trade concerns have done no favors for consumer sentiment as evidenced by CNNMoney’s Fear and Greed Index. On Monday, the index was technically still deemed neutral, but a tilt towards fear is evident as the needle could get pushed towards the left with more negative market news.
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According to the Investor and Advisor Pulse Study, 57% of investors expect a market disruption will occur at some time this year.

“After a long period of growth, financial advisors and investors need to get used to an ongoing environment of uncertainty,” said Kristina Hooper, Invesco’s Global Chief Market Strategist. “This research demonstrates that investors are confused and overwhelmed, causing them to react emotionally. Now more than ever, advisors need to educate and support their clients to help them reach their individual investment goals.”

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